Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
Tu ­B’Shevat — traditionally known as the new year of the trees — has become Judaism’s most environmentally focused holiday. But how much "greening" is going on?
Philadelphia rabbis and Jewish activists were among those who traveled to Harrisburg to lobby for stricter gun regulations.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia is helping organize a Jan. 23 rally in Harrisburg to address the nationwide problem of gun violence.
David Hyman, a lawyer specializing in government relations, has long maintained close ties to Jewish and black leaders. He recently sat down with the Jewish Exponent to talk about Operation Understanding and black-Jewish relations.
Just because families join synagogues and send their kids to Jewish day camps doesn’t mean they will send them to overnight camps, according to a newly released study of local families with young children. And with a pricetag of thousands of dollars per summer, these camps must also have top-notch facilities and programs because the promise of developing Jewish identity...


Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts. 
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.



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